In a world that places a very small percentage of the population on a pedestal and regularly pays enormous sums of money to hear those people speak, I was very inspired by just how “normal” all eight of us were. Each his or her own unique and meaningful perspective to share, none more or less important than the other, but all passionate about helping the world to see the importance of their cause. Let this be a reminder to us all that we each have a story to share and can find the voice to do so if we want to.
2 – Community
If I had to use three words to describe the culture that I experienced within the TEDx Kanata team of volunteers and the other speakers, they would be kindness, collaboration and abundance. This event could have easily turned into a competition between speakers – who will get the most applause, the most likes, the most adoration. This experience could not have felt more different. I was so proud of the other speakers and could feel that they all genuinely wanted to learn from each other, the same way that the audience members did. It was incredibly fulfilling.
3 – Vulnerability
I was very touched by those who shared their stories with me throughout the evening. People told me about their own paths and uncertainties in building their career and life. Parents told me about their children who committed suicide due to unnecessary societal pressure. Students told me how they feel judged by their peers because they are not in a certain academic program. I take it as both a personal compliment and a testament to the progress we are making in society that so many “strangers” were willing to share vulnerabilities with me in those moments. Thank you to you all.